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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

When Land was King #southeasterngenealogy

When Land was King

tobaccoBefore the American Revolution ended, land in the thirteen American colonies was worn out. The culprit was mainly tobacco which leached the soil of its nutrients. Although the practice of letting fields lie fallow for two years was in place, good soil was not plentiful. Thus, the traditional family seat began to crumble, as there was not enough good land to pass down in the family. So it was that after the war people began moving on, taking up land grants for their service. Where ever there were land lotteries (such as in Georgia), people participated. Then, as the Indians were driven westward, the next stop was in Alabama. If you are tracing families along the western Georgia border, a common move-to place was Chambers, Limestone and other Alabama border counties. From there, the movement went into Mississippi and Louisiana. 
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